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Alan E. "Big Al" Danhoff

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Alan E. "Big Al" Danhoff

WILLARD: Born on March 19, 1953, to Peter J. Danhoff and Thelma (Hedden) Danhoff in Willard, OH, Alan died on August 13, 2011, at Elmwood at the Springs in Green Springs, OH.

For nearly twenty years "Big Al" loyally served as the football manager of the Willard High School Crimson Flashes. More recently, he worked at Sandco Industries in Fremont, OH. He participated in Special Olympics yearly and played T-Ball during the summer. He was a state board member of "People First," and attended the Clyde Life Enrichment Program. He also regularly attended services at the Vineyard Christian Church in Fremont. He loved talking on the phone, shopping at Wal-Mart, and attending Sandco dances. Alan was a special man who, though blind, saw the world as a happy place. Throughout his life and his several months of illness, he remained positive, never complaining about his disabilities or his health. He overlooked his handicaps and enriched the lives of all of us through his sense of humor and his innocent outlook on life. His death leaves a void that cannot be filled.

Preceded in death by his parents, Alan is survived by: brothers, James (Diann) Danhoff, Gull Lake, MI, David (Natalie) Danhoff, Clyde, OH, John (Pam) Danhoff, Marietta, PA; nieces and nephews, PJ (Lisa) Danhoff, Jayne (Erik) Sabaitis, Ben Danhoff, Alivia Danhoff, Clyde, OH, Amanda Danhoff, Columbus, OH, Emily Fairbanks, Battle Creek, MI, and Josh Sattler, Kalamazoo, MI; great-nephew and great-niece, Mason and Molly Sabaitis; Uncle Kenny (Ellen) Danhoff, Willard, OH; several cousins; best friend, Jay Cullen, with whom he fought daily over who was going to get the mail; and many, many dear friends. Special to Alan were his caregivers Kathy, Rachel, Andrea, and Kristen.

At the request of family, friends may attend a viewing at the Lindsey Kocher Funeral Homem, Willard on Monday, August 15, 2011, from 4 to 7PM. A service honoring Alan will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Willard on August 16, 2011 at 11:00AM. After the service burial will take place at the Willard Greenwood Cemetery where Alan will be buried beside his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be sent to the Willard High School Athletic Boosters or to Sandco Industries, Fremont, OH.

Published in the News-Messenger on Aug. 15, 2011
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